Alternative Giving in 2020 will certainly be a bit alternative! In a year where everything has changed, this beloved tradition will also look different. Alternative Giving encompasses different ways of giving during Advent that connects RCPC with our neighbors in Roanoke and allows us to thoughtfully give gifts in honor of our loved ones directly to our many mission partners. Below you’ll find the necessary information to participate in Alternative Giving this year.
SUDANESE REFUGEE GIFT DRIVE
On our virtual Sudanese Refugee Gift tree you will find names, gifts, and ages of family members of our Sudanese refugees living in Roanoke. Please sign-up below and purchase and wrap the gifts listed. Be sure to place the name and tag on the front of the gift so that it is delivered to the correct child. Bring in your gifts by December 12 so that they will be delivered to our families in time for Christmas.
*All presents should be gift wrapped.
*Attach two (2) tags - one with the child’s name and one that tells what’s inside (the second one will be removed before delivery)
*Return the presents to RCPC on/by December 12
WEST END CENTER COLLECTION OF SOCKS AND UNDERWEAR
You’ll sign up through a specific link in upcoming issues of This Week to provide a specific size of socks and underwear for a specific student. Gift drop off information below.
To drop off all gifts (wrapped Sudanese Refugee, West End Center socks and underwear, or your filled-in form and check for a Mission Partner gift), visit the church on Saturday, December 12, between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM, where the Deacons will be available to collect your gifts!
ALTERNATIVE GIVING TREE
Donate to Our Mission Partners in Honor of a Loved One. This year's partners are Family Promise, House of Bread, RAM, Hunger Mission Team, Haiti Mission Group, PCC, and West End Center. The link will take you to a Google Form to fill in information about your loved one and the specific GoFundMe for that organization to pay directly online. If you would like to pay by check, please visit our community Christmas Tree on Grandin Road near the prayer line to pick up a paper form. Forms and checks are due to the church in person or via mail by December 12.
Family Promise of Greater Roanoke empowers homeless families with children to achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response.
The Hunger Mission Group is a ministry both fully funded and staffed by the congregation. Each week, congregants put together food bags for the weekend for children at Hurt Park and Lincoln Terrace Elementary Schools. Additionally, other volunteers make food purchases, restock the pantry at the church, and bring in grocery bags.
ROANOKE AREA MINISTRIES
Serves a hot lunch to our homeless neighbors 365 days a year. Every day over 90 people benefit from this meal in the west end of our community.
$10 provides ServSafe training for one student. $25 supplies the ingredients for one batch of bread to be sold. $50 provides a weekly stipend for a participating student in this prison-recovery program.
Your donations will go to support the salaries of the teachers of St. Timothee’s School in Le Revoir, Haiti. An annual salary for a teacher is $1,000 in US dollars.
The Presbyterian Community Center (PCC) is a ministry designed to help our most needy Roanoke neighbors through prayer and a wide assortment of mission activities. Established in 1967 to provide for the basic human needs of the residents of Southeast Roanoke, the PCC today assists families and individuals living in the eastern quadrants of Roanoke City, eastern Roanoke County and the Town of Vinton.
West End Center for Youth is a non-profit organization serving children in the West End and Roanoke Valley since 1979. The center provides an after-school program that helps prepare children for success in school and life. The center offers a variety of resources for families and community activities for the children. RCPC has had a long relationship of supporting this center.